Osprey Diary 13th May

It has been incredibly changeable here at Lowes over the last 48hrs- from freezing snow with an artic wind on Tuesday ( it felt more like November) to bright May spring sunshine on Wednesday. I wonder how our ospreys feel, having travelled from tropical west Africa? I know I’d be missing it right now!
All seemed relatively peaceful on the nest yesterday, though the male hadn’t brought in a lot of food, so we strongly suspect mum had been fishing for herself too. Luckily he has taken to diving for pike quite regularly in the ‘bay’ between the nest tree and the hides- affording us some great views, even if he isn’t always sucessful.
Anyone who wonders why these birds are so popular only has to see this in action to be amazed at the skill, elegance, gusto and grace of an osprey!
Emma Rawling
P.S. Keep your observations and questions coming. We try to answer every question personally, but please remember if several folk ask the same thing, there may be just one reply, relevant to all, under someone elses title. Thanks, Emma

Update: The nest has been quite quiet this morning, with the female doing the majority of the sitting, but she hasn’t had a fish yet- though the male has been trying to fish in the loch all morning.

PM: After a lot of nagging our boy brought in a fish at 3:50pm. It was a very small Perch and the female is still off the nest devouring it. The Male is sitting comfortably after bringing in another big bit of nesting material to add to the now monster of a nest. I think we will soon be back to the double bed sized nest we had a few years ago before the wind took a couple of floors off.

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